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SDSU’s College of Extended Studies offers more than 50 faculty-led study abroad programs. (Credit: SDSU's College of Extended Studies) SDSU’s College of Extended Studies offers more than 50 faculty-led study abroad programs. (Credit: SDSU's College of Extended Studies)

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Deadline Approaches

March 15 is the deadline for students to sign up for many faculty-led summer study abroad programs.
By Steve Dolan

Learning a new culture with the guidance of San Diego State University faculty is an added benefit for SDSU students planning to study abroad this summer.

Students who intend to sign up for one of more than 50 faculty-led programs offered by SDSU’s College of Extended Studies have until March 15 to register. They will earn SDSU resident credit for the course(s) they complete.

Lois Olson, a lecturer in the Fowler College of Business, is leading the Marketing in Prague program in the Czech Republic. It will meet daily for two weeks from May 27 to June 10. Olson said an advantage of summer study abroad programs is the small class size.

“In a faculty-led study-abroad course, I have a maximum of 25 students, so we all come to know each other really well both in-class and outside,” Olson said. "They connect with me and each other very well, and they often continue to have ‘reunions’ upon their return as they feel so well-connected to each other.”

Here’s a look at more programs offered this summer by Extended Studies:

Writing and Culture in Dublin, May 25-June 10

This writing-intensive class will focus on the nature of aesthetics, and the intersection of political, religious, and social discourse in the development of Ireland.

“Study abroad offers a global experience that can transform students' perspectives in meaningful and lasting ways,” said Marla Williams, lecturer in rhetoric and writing studies who will lead the program. “During my graduate studies at LSU, I studied abroad in Ireland and the people, the culture, the literature, the history, and landscape have remained a part of my educational journey. I am eager to share with my students.”

Bicycling the Livable Streets and Sustainable Cities in the Netherlands, June 3-17

Students will explore three cities by bicycle, with the opportunity to understand how San Diego's current planning can be modeled after the eco-friendly streets of the Netherlands. They will travel from city to city by train.

“I would like students to understand how cyclists can be elevated and given higher priority in the hierarchy of modes of transportation,” said program leader Bruce Appleyard, assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs. “You can’t break the shackles of Southern California’s auto-dominated matrix without allowing the students to experience and understand this viable alternative. I want them to ultimately be able to translate this understanding to reframe San Diego’s transportation infrastructure in favor of more bikeable and walkable areas.”

Women and Development: Issues and Initiatives Impacting Women in Rural Uganda, May 27-June 17

Students will visit HIV/AIDS prevention programs, a community secondary school, micro-credit projects and a health clinic, plus see numerous animals at a national park.

“Being there is an amazing experience,” said Judy Shepherd, lecturer in the School of Social Work who will lead the excursion. “Uganda is the most ethnically diverse country in the world. Not only are there expatriates from all around the globe, but Uganda also is home to more than 40 ethnic groups. This means there's opportunity to learn different languages, visit many different places of worship, and meet all kinds of lovely people.”

Other faculty-led study abroad options are available through the College of Extended Studies. State and federal financial aid may be available to qualified students who travel through College of Extended Studies programs. If a student is not currently receiving financial aid, he/she can contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in Student Services room 3605 or by phone at 619-594-6323 to check eligibility.

For information on all summer study abroad programs offered through SDSU’s College of Extended Studies, call  619-594-9400 or visit